Eat + Play During the Weekend of March 4-6, 2011

by Jessica on March 3, 2011

Taster Tots will begin to feature multi-event listings of happenings around town that include food and fun for — let’s all say it together, folks — the whole family. Plus a couple things worth booking a sitter for. So without further adieu, here’s what’s going on this coming weekend.

The Mardi Gras celebration kicks off at the Original Farmers’ Market on Friday, March 4th and continues through the weekend, and returns on Fat Tuesday (March 8th). Everyone can eat Mardi Gras-themed food, wear costumes, toss beads, paint silly hats, and enjoy the NOLA inspired revelry. Pet Parade and Costume Contest is on Saturday from 1 to 2. Who would want to miss THAT? It’s not too hard to guess which market stall will be the busiest.

Italian culinary tradition dictates that fish and cheese shall never (or rarely) be combined, but an event scheduled for this Saturday, March 5th proves Tillamook Cheese and the Aquarium of the Pacific is an exception. The Oregon-based cheese company’s Loaf Love Tour returns to Southern California this weekend, starting at 9 a.m. at the Aquarium in Long Beach. If you’re wearing bright orange on Saturday, which we happen to do a lot anyway, find the convertible VW Loaf Love bus. The first 100 orange-clad people to check in are eligible for free aquarium admission (good for one person only), which is a good deal given the aquarium’s steep entrance price. Those who miss out on the freebie might still get cheddar cheese samples, coupons, and other goodies. Marine life! Cheese! A funny VW bus! Better yet, take the Blue Line! (Twitter @TillamookCheese)

GOOD’s fundraiser to benefit three more days of CicLAvia throughout the year takes place on Saturday. I personally don’t want to miss the biking, walking, and whatever other forms of good times and public life happen during the next CicLAvia on April 10. Alissa shares the details at Gelato Baby of the party, taking place at Atwater Crossing from 2 to 7 p.m., featuring live and DJ music, lots of games and activities, and food trucks like Coolhaus (rocky road ice cream!), Ahn-Joo, Nom Nom Truck, plus beer + wine and other treats. Tickets cost $20, entrance for kids under 12 is free.

Whoa, here’s an awesome dose of transit and food mania.  The Truckit Fest — yet another collection of food trucks — is at the one and only Union Station on Sunday, March 6th from 11 to 5. Over 35 trucks, crafts, vendors, music, etc. Buy tickets online. (Twitter @truckitfest.)

Tickets are apparently still available for the LA Weekly’s Gold Standard on Sunday, and I can unequivocally say the move to the Petersen Auto Museum was a smart change. The new venue is far more spacious, with room to nosh and wander. But as frequent Petersen visitors, it will feel weird to be there sans kids. Last year I brought the baby but this year it’s grown-ups only. I’m confident that we’ll overcome the guilt and be thrilled to skip a visit to that Johnny Rockets.

Here’s another one not really for kids but totally indulgent in a different way. A Soolip Wedding is useful if you want to feel sentimental about your own wedding or go with a friend who’s in the insane throes of wedding planning. Actually, I can think of quite a few well-behaved kids who would LOVE to tag along to this. The exhibition is on Sunday at the Bel Air Bay Club. Mmmm, beautiful paper products, dresses, accessories, and, yes, food. Whoa Nelly! Catering, Cake Divas, Candee by Sandee, and Terranea Resort will offer on-site tastings. Tickets cost $35 in advance, $45 at the door.

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